The Community Design Collaborative has honored Wallace Roberts & Todd with its inaugural Gold Medal Firm Award in recognition of the firm’s extraordinary dedication and service . “WRT has been a rock of support,” says Beth Miller, Executive Director of the Collaborative, “Since our beginnings in 1991, WRT volunteers have provided more than $200,000 worth of pro bono services. This firm has a great ethic of community service. More than 60 WRT staff members have shown their enthusiasm for our mission by volunteering.”
WRT volunteers have provided leadership on projects that took the Collaborative to a new level of community engagement and design innovation: green, affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, a design charrette for Masterman School, and Infill Philadelphia : Food Access.
Longtime Collaborative volunteer and WRT Principal Maarten Pesch notes, “WRT has always been involved in rebuilding with communities, and all the activities that entails. The Collaborative is a platform for that involvement.” Collaborative board member and WRT Principal Mami Hara adds, “It’s not only the Collaborative’s clients that gain something from projects. The Collaborative nurtures the development of professionals from entry level to principals, and the entire city benefits from the social network created by the Collaborative’s work.”
WRT was honored at the Collaborative’s annual volunteer recognition event on October 13th and at the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards on October 14th. “This award demonstrates a truly great partnership between WRT and the Community Design Collaborative, one that I am immensely proud of,” said WRT Managing Principal Joe Healy, “I feel this is an outward reflection of WRT’s deeply held values and the unique multidisciplinary, collaborative culture of the firm.”